Sociology of Family
Sociology of family is concerned with Family, Marriage, Children and Parenting, and other forms of close relationships. Sociology of family studies the social, cultural, political and economic impacts of changing families. Contemporary society is changing rapidly and we are seeing some relatively new forms emerge.
The "ideal image" of two biological parents and children living in harmony, is not realistic anymore. The family has many forms, therefore sociology of family must include the two-parent family, single-parent family, blended family, same-sex family and adoptive family. As an insitution family socializes individuals to be productive members of society.
As a social group, the focus is on each individual members of the family in question. What each person brings to the family and how each person contributes to the relationships with other individuals in the family determines the reality within each family.
Everyone looks to his family for guidance, support, and a sense of belonging. Family is the most important social institution as it is our first encounter with socialization processes.
As a social system, the family is viewed as an entity which consists of various interrelated parts or statuses that perform particular functions or roles. Further, the family as a system is part of a larger system or society and contributes to its functioning.
Whether we examine the family as an institution, system, or group, studies in sociology of family begins with a fascination of the family entity and the relationships within its boundaries. One of the big issues or challenges within sociology of family studies lies in its definition.
There are growing numbers of so-called "variant family forms" in society. The family has many forms, like the two-parent family, single-parent family, blended family, same-sex family and adoptive family.
Marriage & Family Processes - Part of Trinity University's A Sociological Tour Through Cyberspace, this resource is organized into: the Spectrum of Families Relations across Cultures and Time; Cultural Factors Shaping Family Striker & Processes; Stages of Coupling; Relations between Husbands & Wives Through Time; Parenting; Singlehood and Alternative Family Forms; Other Family Players, Beyond the Nuclear Cast; Marital Disunions; Institutions Affecting and Affected by Family Systems; and general resources.